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May
2016

Bunker-like bolthole lays low on the US-Mexico border

Casa Caldera is passively cooled and operates totally off-the-grid

Located just 15 miles north of the US-Mexico border, Casa Caldera is a vacation home that's often left empty for long stretches of time, so unwelcome attention from potential migrant and narco-traffickers was deemed a concern. In response, Tucson, Arizona-based firm Dust designed a discreet, secure, and surprisingly sustainable desert bolthole.

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Category: Architecture

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May
2016

Microsoft Research anticipates the future with pre-sensing touchscreen prototype

Microsoft Research is developing touchscreens that detect motion before you touch the screen

The next generation of Windows phones and tablets could feature pre-sensing touch capabilities if work out of Microsoft Research makes the leap from prototype to production. The technology allows a touchscreen to anticipate touch input before you lay a finger on the display and register how you're holding the device to tailor context-sensitive menus accordingly.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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May
2016

Third AW609 tiltrotor prototype resumes testing following fatal crash

Aircraft AW609 A/C3 recently underwent restrained ground testing in Italy

After a six month hiatus, ground tests have resumed on the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor. The aircraft recently underwent restrained ground testing with all engines and systems online after testing was suspended following a fatal air crash on October 30, 2015, which cost the lives of two test pilots.

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Category: Aircraft

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May
2016

Drugs that mistake placenta for tumors to help avoid premature births

Researchers have found a way to target the placenta for drug delivery during pregnancy

The placenta is vital for a growing fetus, providing it with the nourishment needed to develop as it prepares to enter the world. But a poorly functioning placenta is problematic as doctors are unable to treat it with drugs and are instead forced to induce labor early, inviting a range of health risks for the prematurely born baby. But scientists have now found a way in by using existing cancer drugs that mistake the placenta for a tumor, selectively targeting the organ and boosting its health.

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Category: Medical

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